Does the color green enhance productivity? I tried working around it for a week

As an entrepreneur, I tend to be a bit of a productivity hacking nerd. I enjoy finding ways to improve the quality and quantity of my work.

Every time you optimize a process or put an automation in place, it creates time in your schedule and increases your ROI. 

I tried every productivity tool until I found the perfect one for me and always looked for ways to continually improve my businesses.

I came across some research that indicates that your workspace’s aesthetic will affect your productivity, specifically the color of it. It was an Exeter University study that found employees 15% more productive when working in a ‘green’ environment.

So, I wanted to give it a try. 

The first thing I did was work out of a ‘green’ room for a week. Now, I don’t physically have a room painted green in my house. But, I added several plants to my home office within my workspace’s eyesight to see if it would make a difference.

The color green represents balance, harmony, nature, and restoration. It doesn’t require your eyes to adjust, making it an excellent option for offices where employees work long hours.

Here are the surprising ways that a ‘green’ room enhanced my productivity for a week.

1. I finished working earlier each day

Now that my office was an inviting place to work, I rarely felt the need to take breaks where I left the room. I enjoyed being in the space, and the ‘green’ gave me a new satisfaction with my office space. 

Additionally, the self-employed never sleep, so I usually go back to work after dinner. But, this wasn’t the case once I incorporated the plants into my office. Because I didn’t feel a need to leave the room very often, I focused on my work and got it done more quickly than before. This left me able to stop working at dinner time each day rather than working late into the evening, gaining back more time in my day.

2. I had improved concentration and focus

The color green promotes a more natural ambiance to the room. I felt laser-focused but also relaxed and at peace at the same time. The hours felt both long and short.

By the end of the week, I realized that I was less distracted during my working hours. I was no longer picking up my phone randomly throughout the day. Social media didn’t matter, I was in the zone, and nothing was pulling me out of it.

This level of concentration not only improved my work quality but the number of tasks I was able to get done in fewer hours.

3. I felt in control of my to-do list

Rather than feeling anxious about my to-do list, the ‘green’ room alleviated my anxiety and put me at ease. During the week, my office became a comfortable and relaxing place that I wanted to be in. 

Feeling this way while working allowed me to tackle my to-do list positively and energetically. I felt in control. Crossing off each item made me more confident and enthusiastic about what I was accomplishing.

Adding green to the room you work in doesn’t have to be difficult. You can simply touch up the space with plants or decor items and experience productivity enhancements in a relatively short amount of time. Just keep in mind that your culture and past experiences will impact the way your mind responds to certain colors.